Definition of gravitation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡravəˈtāSH(ə)n/


1Movement, or a tendency to move, toward a center of attractive force, as in the falling of bodies to the earth.
Example sentences
  • He introduced this in 1817 in his study of a problem of Kepler of determining the motion of three bodies moving under mutual gravitation.
  • Aristotle's notion of the motion of bodies impeded understanding of gravitation for a long time.
  • Newton had deduced from his theory of gravitation that the Earth would be flattened at the poles.
1.1 Physics A force of attraction exerted by each particle of matter in the universe on every other particle: the law of universal gravitation Compare with gravity.
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  • Based on his universal law of gravitation and laws of motion, he was able to explain the paths of the planets.
  • He attributed gravitation to the forces of mutual attraction between material objects.
  • Newton explicitly rejected the idea that gravitation, or any other force, be essential to matter.
2Movement toward or attraction to something: a tentative gravitation toward the prices that we saw before the announcement
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  • According to many experts, however, the move is both a symptom of changing retail trends and a long expected gravitation towards the store's natural born market.
  • Her gravitation towards Italy and Italian culture functions as a kind replacement for the personal and cultural decimation she has witnessed as the daughter and niece of Holocaust victims.
  • It's almost as though we believe our society is caught up in some kind of unstoppable gravitation towards more consumption, more production, more alienation.


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin gravitatio(n-), from the verb gravitare (see gravitate).

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Syllabification: grav·i·ta·tion

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